Monday, 2 April 2012

Kiwi Film Review: The Ghost Writer

IMDB: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Roger Ebert: 4/4 Stars

Release Date: 19 March 2010

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Belushi, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams.

Written by: Roman Polanski (Screenplay), Robert Harris(Novel, Screenplay)
Directed by: Roman  Polanski

Described by IMDB as " An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. "

I love a good thriller, and this definitely one of them. Ewan McGregor never fails to impress wit his skill or beauty. Pierce Brosnan also didn't suck, which was a surprising turn  of events. I'm not the biggest fan of his, and I think they probably could've found a better actor to play his part, but he did his job. The rest of the cast was great. The story was solid and interesting, never a dull moment. You really didn't know who were the good guys and who were the bad guys until the end. I do have to say *Spoiler Alert* that I did suspect the wife for parts of the film, but I really didn't know for sure what was going to happen until the end.

I really hate how good Roman Polanski is at making films,because damn he's a bad man. I'm actually extremely surprised he can still get people to be in his films. I think if I was ever offered a job with him I'd definitely have to take a deep long think about it.

This film was thrilling and suspenseful. A great story and great writing. Overall I'll give it a 8/10.

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